The First Meeting of Medicinal Plants Focal Points of IORA RCSTT Cum Exhibition was held in Salalah – Sultanate of Oman during 23-25 June, 2014. This meeting was jointly organized by the IORA RCSTT and the Oman Animal and Plant Genetic Resources Center of the Sultanate of Oman and in cooperation with Dhofar University and the Oman Animal and Plant Genetic Resources Center (OAPGRC), The Research Council (TRC) of the Sultanate of Oman.The meeting was attended by the resource persons and private sector from Egypt, India, I. R. Iran, Malaysia, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Thailand and the Sultanate of Oman.This programme covered different topics such as policy making, regulation, standardization, technology transfer and commercialization, import and export of medicinal plants and herbal medicine and networking in IORA region in the framework of IORA Medicinal Plants Network (IORAMPNet). Totally, 17 presentations (including country reports) which mainly focused on the above topics were presented during the two-day Meeting by the participating countries as mentioned above.
The meeting was attended by resource persons and participants from Bangladesh (one participant), China (20), I. R. Iran (6), Kenya (1), Mauritius (1), Mozambique (1), Seychelles (1), South Africa (2), Sri Lanka (3), Tanzania (1), and Thailand (1). In response to IORA Council of Ministers endorsement for signing the MoU between the IORA Regional Centre for Science and Technology Transfer (IORA RCSTT) and the Institution of Seawater Desalination and Multipurpose Utilization, SOA (Tianjin) (ISDMU) to establish the “IORA RCSTT Coordination Center for Desalination Technologies” for IORA region, this programme was organized.
The Second Meeting of Medicinal Plants Focal Points of IORA RCSTT Cum Exhibition was held in Lucknow, Republic of India during 18–19 March, 2015. This meeting was jointly organized by Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CSIR – CIMAP) and IORA Regional Centre for Science and Technology Transfer (IORA RCSTT) and supported by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.
The meeting was attended by Director of CSIR – CIMAP, Prof. Dr. Anil Kumar Tripathi; Director of IORA RCSTT, Dr. Mahmoud Molanezhad; Principal Secretary of Horticulture of UP Government, Mr. Shri Deepak Trivedi; Chief Executive Officer of National Medicinal Plants Board, Ms. Meenakshi Negi; Chairman of Scientific Body of Pharmacopoeia Commission for Indian Medicines (PCIM), Dr. Sukhdev Swami Handa; experts from IORA Region (Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Seychelles, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sultanate of Oman, Tanzania, and Thailand); and IORA private sector from India and Iran.